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School district lines may be redrawn

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Staff report The Lincoln County Board of Education told county commissioners on Wednesday during a joint meeting that overcrowding in the Rock Springs district could force the school system to redraw attendance lines for the nearby elementary schools for the upcoming school year. According to documents provided by the county’s…

A Farmer and a carpenter: GSF Woodworking finds a niche

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Woodworking runs deep in the bloodline of Stanley resident Scott Farmer. A descendant of tradesmen, the soft-spoken artist began nailing boards together as a 6 year old. His father, Johnny, was a carpenter and painter by trade. Johnny, now retired, exposed his sons to the construction…

Commissioners OK $15 million move of offices

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of moving ahead with a project six years in the making on Tuesday, as plans for relocating county departments to the old Lincoln County Hospital facility will move past planning stages and into the first phase of…

Oaklawn renovation more than groundbreaking

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As golden shovels with wooden handles pierced the earth at Oaklawn School in Lincolnton on Tuesday, the celebration of the near 100-year-old structure’s impending overhaul was music to the ears of over 40 people who found their way to the grassy knoll off of Linden Street.…

Trio busted by probation officers

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Staff report Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lincolnton after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted state probation and parole officers during a search of a home on Monday. Officers seized 13 bags containing a total of 60 grams of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, two tablets…

Oaklawn renovation set to get under way

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Oaklawn School was once a thriving, vibrant educational institution for African Americans in Lincolnton. But, for more than a decade, the building has essentially sat empty, and damage from a roof leak and deterioration have dramatically dimmed what was once a shining light in the…

Marshals catch fugitive murder suspect in city

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Staff report A man wanted in a 2003 Norfolk, Virginia murder was apprehended by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Adam District deputies assisted Marshal’s Service agents in apprehending Shawn Terrell Greer, 38, at his residence at 116 Lakewood Avenue in Lincolnton in…

Former Lincolnton pastor charged with sexual battery against child in Fl.

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Staff report A former Lincolnton pastor was arrested early in January in Volusia County, Florida on a Duval County warrant for sexual battery of a person under 12 years old. Michael Wayne Hill, 52, previously served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Lincolnton and Shelby but, when arrested, was serving…

Deadline set for Art Crawl’s artist registration

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Staff report The Lincolnton Art Crawl committee is extending an open call for local artists who would like to participate in the annual spring art crawl and studio tour. Downtown Lincolnton will host the event on March 13 and the first studio tour on March 14. Restaurants and businesses will…

Commissioners to consider $371k upgrade to Crouse landfill

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will consider a contract for a $371,000 expansion of the county landfill in Crouse at a meeting tonight. According to public documents, the landfill will reach its capacity in the next 3-4 years and a new lined cell is required to allow the…